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September 15, 2004 5:59 AM   Subscribe

First gay divorce just in time for National Singles Week. (you know, if they were american)
posted by erisfree (15 comments total)
(...or cared about "week-of" holidays from other countries)
posted by erisfree at 6:07 AM on September 15, 2004

Well, so far, the gay marriages seem to be, statistically, much more successful than hetero marriages. Perhaps they should ban those if they want to preserve the sanctity of marriage.
posted by Space Coyote at 6:08 AM on September 15, 2004

Singles get a week? I thought they got 52 weekends a year!
posted by psmealey at 6:20 AM on September 15, 2004

"The world's first same-sex divorce"? I'm pretty sure there have been divorces of same-sex couples quite a while ago in the Netherlands and Belgium.

It is also oddly telling that the first day of national singles week is Talk Like a Pirate Day.
posted by fvw at 6:26 AM on September 15, 2004

See, I told you this would happen if you let the gays get married!
posted by Pollomacho at 6:59 AM on September 15, 2004

Ok, ok, so we let the gays get married. But who told them they could also get divorced?

I mean, next thing you know they'll be drinking from the same waterfountains and riding wherever the hell they want on the bus.
posted by dogmatic at 7:38 AM on September 15, 2004

My family law professor pointed out that divorce is the number one benefit of marriage. There's quite a bit of truth to this -- having an independent forum to divide up messy property, custody, and income rights is critical, especially when one of the parties could be at a negotiating disadvantage. Good for that judge.
posted by norm at 7:39 AM on September 15, 2004

"You got your gay-marriage meme in my National (anything) Week meme!"

No, you got your National Week in my Gay Marriage!"

posted by alumshubby at 8:27 AM on September 15, 2004

Hey, they're still waaaay ahead of the heteros in terms of marriage stability.
posted by Sidhedevil at 10:11 AM on September 15, 2004

Er, as Space Coyote already said so eloquently. This will teach me to post when I'm under the influence of antihistamines.
posted by Sidhedevil at 10:12 AM on September 15, 2004

funny i seem to be as uninterested in hays getting divorced as i am about gays getting married. Neither is my business.
posted by MrLint at 10:14 AM on September 15, 2004

I'm going to my first gay wedding this weekend - the bride is American, and the...uh... bride is Canadian. They were told in no uncertain terms by a Canadian immigration case-officer that, now that they can get married, a failure to do so would be conspicuous during the adjudication of their application for landed immigrant status.

Now that we're starting to feel pressure to marry, gay divorce will slowly become more and more common on a per couple basis, I'm afraid.
posted by stonerose at 12:25 PM on September 15, 2004

This isn't the first gay divorce. Gay marriages has been legal in Denmark since 1989, and this article discuss the divorce rate compared to man-female marriages.
posted by cx at 2:22 PM on September 15, 2004

This is so last year in Iowa. Sort of.
posted by jaronson at 3:26 PM on September 15, 2004

I like the typo in the first paragraph of the article that cx linked to--"In's a modem reality."

MeFi: Tracking Modem Realities Since Whenever.

Actually, cx, that's a fascinating article and I appreciate the link.

Stonerose, doesn't that seem fair, though? Unmarried heterosexual couples don't qualify for immigration exemptions in Canada--why should unmarried homosexual couples have more flexibility?
posted by Sidhedevil at 5:10 PM on September 15, 2004

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